Nearly 7.5 Million U.S. Students are Chronically Absent, Missing 18 or More Days of School Each Year
Nearly 7.5 million students (K – 12th grade) are chronically absent every school year – missing enough school to put them at severe risk of dropping out or failing to graduate. Chronic absenteeism, which is defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days in a given year, or about 18 days, affects the educational outcomes of millions of students.
Every absence, in any grade – excused or not – can impact a child’s academic achievement. As early as 6th grade, missing 18 or more days of school in a year puts a child’s high school graduation at-risk. Missing just two days every month of the school year can allow a child to fall behind, increasing the likelihood of dropping out.
Research shows that students who attend school regularly in their early school years are more likely to learn to read well by the critical third grade milestone, score higher on standardized tests, and graduate and go on to college than students who are chronically absent. Education is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty, however chronic absenteeism is most prevalent among low-income students. Regular attendance in lower grades is just as important as it is in later years to ensure that a student stays on the path toward graduation.
Visit BoostUp.org to find out how to help the students in their communities succeed and graduate. BoostUp.org offers an assortment of information, resources and ways to get involved including state-by-state dropout statistics, real student stories and information about why students drop out of school and how to help. Parents can access an attendance calculator, courtesy of Get Schooled, where they can chart the impact of their children’s absences on their education. Visitors can also give students a boost by submitting a text or video message of support on Boost Nation, a microsite developed in collaboration with the 26 Seconds BMOR campaign. NFL Philadelphia Eagles’ player David Sims is the latest athlete to upload a video on Boost Nation, to show students across the country that he cares that they stay in school and graduate.